Douglas A-4B 'Skyhawk'


  Base model:A-4
  Equivalent to: A4D-2 A4D2A4D-2
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  First Flew:1954/06/22
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  Length: 39' 4" 11.9 m
  Height:15' 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 27' 6" 8.3 m
  Wingarea: 260.0 sq ft 24.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 9,853 lb 4,468 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Wright J65-W-16A
  Thrust (each): 7,800 lb 3,537 kg

  Range: 700 miles 1,127 km
  Max Speed: 675 mph 1,086 km/h 587 kt
  Ceiling: 47,900 ft 14,599 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Fred E. Weisbrod Museum / International B-24 MuseumPuebloColorado
Historic Aircraft Restoration ProjectsBrooklynNew York
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew YorkNew York
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
NAPC TrentonTrentonNew Jersey
NAWC LakehurstLakehurstNew Jersey
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia
USS Lexington Museum On The BayCorpus ChristiTexas

A-4B on display

Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

MCAS El Toro Historical Foundation

Pima Air & Space Museum

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"

USS Lexington Museum On The Bay


Recent comments by our visitors
08/11/2013 @ 00:56 [ref: 68009]
 Kilmarnock, VA
Both VA-66 and VA-76 operated this aircraft while assigned to CAG-6 aboard USS Intrepid in the early sixties
03/01/2013 @ 08:06 [ref: 67630]
 Adam Hodge
 Marietta, GA
Hey Guys,

Not sure which model A-4 section this best to ask this in, haha. :)

I'm currently a HS Student (Jr) trying to start up a collection of Scooter patches from any service/mission (VA,VMA,VC,VT, etc) as a keepsake. I'm looking for anything anyone can spare (Squadron Patches,Decomm Patches,Shoulder Patches,Anniv Patches, etc) related to Navy or Marine A-4 Squadrons.

I wish I would've had the opportunity to see the Scooter in Navy/Marine Action but came along too late!

If anyone can help/donate anything to jumpstart my attempt at a collection, Please email me at HODGETCA@aol.com (Can try and offer a little bit of $$ if need be). I doubt there is many folks my age (17) trying to start a collection like this.

Thanks in Advance and Skyhawks Forever!
02/03/2008 @ 02:57 [ref: 19529]
 Orlando, FL
The National Vietnam War Museum is currently in the process of restoring an A-4B Skyhawk. This aircraft originally entered Navy Aircraft inventory in 1958, and was issued to VMA-225. Later, the aircraft saw service with the Navy in Vietnam. It's final duty station was at NAS Memphis, TN. The Navy pilot of this aircraft who flew it in Vietnam has graciously provided the Museum with many photographs and recollections about this particular bird. It suffered from 19 years of neglect at a public park before the Museum received it. Tens of thousands of man-hours have gone into preserving this aircraft; at this point in time the cockpit is nearly finished, and the airframe has been primed.

Follow along with our progress here:
Click on the Images link, then the Photo Albums link.
The Museum is open on Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays, 9-1 (sometimes later). There is no charge for admission; however donations are most gratefully accepted!
09/26/2007 @ 19:17 [ref: 18018]
 , HI
As I remember in the Falklands war, the Argentine A4s lacked any AA missles and this is why they couldn't compete as fighters against the British SeaHarriers which had sidewinders. I've read that the A4s had attachement points for these missles so why didn't they have any? The outcome of the war could have been very different if they had some.

I also remember there were rumors that the Soviet Union of that time offered to give the Argentinians their Atoll missle which is basically a copy of the sidewinder. Would this combo have worked?
04/20/2007 @ 15:22 [ref: 16250]
 Ralph Munyan
 Kansas City,, MO
Has anyone cataloged anywhere how many A-4's are still flying?

11/05/2006 @ 15:15 [ref: 14670]
 Steve Rhode
 , MD
Just a heads up to Skyhawk fans. I just finsihed rescuing and restoring several movies with A-4 Skyhawk carrier footage from the early 1960s. If you were a part of VA-172 or VA-12 you might spot yourself in these films. Visit PilotManuals.com and look in the naval aviation DVD section to find them. Also have a number of Skyhawk aircraft and flight manuals online you can download as well.
02/06/2006 @ 06:51 [ref: 12425]
 Capt. Hook
 , CA
If you want to access the most complete, comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date source of information about all versions of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, log onto the Skyhawk Association web site: www.a4skyhawk.org. Most other A-4 web pages borrow from the Skyhawk Association web site.
01/01/2005 @ 05:29 [ref: 9025]
 Randy Lewis
 , OH
Can anyone tell if the USAF ever tested or even considered the A-4 Skyhawk for their attack aircraft inventory? Please
email your knowledge of this to me. I am interested to know so I can ask them at the USAF Museum why they don't have one on display if the AF ever had one in their inventory for any reason.
11/02/2002 @ 09:02 [ref: 6007]
 Fernando Benedetto
 Buenos Aires, OTH
Dear Fans, I am a researcher about history of aviation. I am writting a book about A-4B and A-4C, and a need help to fing more photographs, specially the Argentine ones in US colours. If You can help, please contact me to arrange.
Thank You very much!!.

05/22/2002 @ 12:34 [ref: 4979]


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